Switzerland vs Germany. Prediction and Preview. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats, and more

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Germany is living up to expectations with 2 wins out of 2 matches. Next up, we eagerly anticipate a fixture with Switzerland, the strongest opponent in the group

Switzerland will face Germany in the UEFA EURO 2024 3rd-round match of Group A at the Deutsche Bank Park Stadium in Frankfurt am Main. The fixture will take place on Monday, June 24, beginning at 00:30 IST.

Parimatch News will tell you everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming match.

Switzerland News & Current Form: 

Switzerland currently sits in second place in Group A after two rounds, having accumulated four points with four goals scored and two conceded. In their first match, the Swiss triumphed over Hungary with a 3:1 victory, despite a noticeable dip in performance towards the end of the game under the guidance of Murat Yakin

Playing with a 4-3-3 formation, the Red Crosses showed tactical discipline and controlled the match. Kwadwo Duah scored first in the 12th minute, followed by Michel Aebischer just before halftime. Although Hungary’s Barnabas Varga scored in the 66th minute, Switzerland’s defence, led by Manuel Akanji, remained strong. Breel Embolo sealed the win in the 93rd minute after a Hungarian error. Despite some lapses, the Swiss team’s overall performance was superior, showcasing cohesive teamwork and readiness for future challenges.

Their second match ended in a 1:1 draw against Scotland, with the game evenly balanced across all parameters, resulting in a deserved stalemate. The standout performer for the Reds in the second round was Xherdan Shaqiri: the 32-year-old midfielder equalized with a stunning strike into the top corner, achieving a rare feat – becoming the only player to score in each of the last six major international tournaments. Shaqiri has scored at the FIFA World Cup 2014, Euro 2016, World Cup 2018, Euro 2020, World Cup 2022, and Euro 2024.

This accomplishment places Xherdan among a select group of players who have scored five or more goals at both European Championships and World Cups, alongside names like Jurgen Klinsmann, Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Romelu Lukaku.

“Shaqiri proved today that he lives and breathes for these moments. It was an incredibly accurate strike, and it was the only thing he could do in that situation,”

commented Yakin on the midfielder’s performance.

After the superb equalizer, Yakin’s team managed only two dangerous moments, both of which were disallowed due to offside. With 1.03 xG and 4 shots on target in 90 minutes against Scotland, it’s evident that the German collective is significantly stronger than all other Group A opponents. A draw is enough for the Bundesteam to secure a playoff spot from the first place, while Switzerland need only a win. 

However, the Reds will almost certainly find themselves in the 1/8 finals even in case of defeat. The first place of Group A will fall to the second team of Quartet C, which is represented by England, Denmark, Slovenia and Serbia. The second spot will bring together the second team from Group B, which features Spain, Italy, Albania and Croatia.

Breel Embolo of AS Monaco scored for the Swiss national team

As a reminder, in the spring, the team played solid matches, drawing 0:0 with Denmark and narrowly defeating Ireland. Over the summer, they secured a convincing 4:0 victory over Estonia, though their performance was more modest. In their most recent friendly against Austria, the match ended in a 1:1 draw, with the opponent showing a more aggressive style.

Germany News & Current Form: 

The German collective has made one of the best starts in Euro history with two victories and an impressive goal difference of 7:1. In the opening match, the side under the guidance of Julian Nagelsmann showed no mercy to Scotland (5:1), followed by a clinical display against Hungary (2:0). The last team to start the group stage with two triumphs and a +6 goal difference was Italy at the previous Euro, where they crushed Turkey (3:0) and Switzerland (3:0), eventually winning the tournament.

Back in 1984, France with Michel Platini pulled off a similar feat, defeating Denmark (1:0) and Belgium (5:0). However, a strong start doesn’t always guarantee a title, as the Netherlands sadly experienced. At Euro 2008, they defeated Italy (3:0) and France (4:1) in the group stage but were eliminated in the first round of the knockout phase by Russia (1:3). Therefore, it’s premature to assume Germany will clinch the gold medals outright.

Nevertheless, two consecutive wins have enabled the Bundesteam to become the first team at Euro 2024 to secure a spot in the knockout stage. Head coach Nagelsmann refrained from rotating his squad until achieving this minimum goal – the same starting XI appeared in both matches, including veterans Manuel Neuer, Toni Kroos, and Ilkay Gundogan. They may consider resting them in the match against Switzerland.

Jamal Musiala became the youngest player to score in first two Euro matches since 1964

Nagelsmann’s reserves are enviable, making even Murat Yakin envious. Leroy Sane, Emre Can, Thomas Muller, and Marc-Andre ter Stegen all rested in the first two rounds and are now poised to showcase their abilities. Add Denis Zakaria, Pascal Gross, and Niclas Fullkrug, and you get a highly competitive squad. There’s a feeling that Germany’s second string could perform admirably at Euro 2024. Expectations are set for a clash between Switzerland’s first team and Germany’s second team. However, the reality is that even the Bundesteam’s reserves could likely defeat Yakin’s main squad.

Host of Euro 2024, Germany is truly shining brightly. Their squad features several gems: 21-year-old Jamal Musiala scored match-winning goals against Scotland and Hungary, becoming the youngest player to score in his first two Euro matches since 1964. The record belongs to Ferenc Bene, who upset Spain and Denmark at the age of 19, exactly 60 years ago.

Maestro Kroos dominates the midfield: against Scotland, he completed 101 out of 102 passes, and against Hungary, 124 out of 131. This is the second-best performance in Euro history, surpassed only by Xavi and his 127 passes against Ireland in 2012. Toni is so good that he competes with himself: distributing 47 passes between the lines and surpassing his own achievement from the match against Scotland (30), which was the best at Euro 2024 until his game against Hungary.

Gundogan is incredibly influential in linking midfield and attack. One of his most dangerous moves is his runs into the penalty area. In the first match, Ilkay contributed to two goals and won a penalty, and in the second, he scored himself, assisted Musiala, and was named the best player. Gundogan completed the match against Hungary with 88% accuracy in passes, covered 9.9 km in 84 minutes, and reached a top speed of 29.1 km/h. Jack Grealish couldn’t contain his admiration for his former Manchester City teammate’s performance.

However, not everything is going perfectly. While Scotland created chances worth 0.01 xG in the first match, Hungary generated chances worth 1.32 xG and could have scored – saved by Manuel Neuer. Only one goal was scored, but it was disallowed due to offside.

Left-back Maximilian Mittelstädt delivered an excellent performance in the second round, assisting Gundogan for the second goal. However, there are concerns about future prospects, as three out of four German defenders are currently on yellow cards, including Mittelstädt, Antonio Rudiger, and Jonathan Tah

Mittelstädt reflected on the team’s recent success after the game with Hungary, emphasising the importance of sustaining their current momentum:

“It’s important that we don’t let up now. We want to carry this momentum that we’ve started to build up into the coming games. We know we can go really deep into this tournament. We’ve performed really well in the last two games and if we continue to do so, we can achieve something huge.”

While in Tah’s reflection on the game, he acknowledges the anticipated intensity and challenges posed by the opposition. His assessment highlights the team’s effective handling of defensive situations and their strategic patience in creating attacking opportunities:

“It was a really intense game and we expected that. They caused us a few problems, but we dealt with them pretty well. We were really solid in defence. We needed to be patient to find some space, but I think we knocked it about nicely to find gaps in their side.”

As Germany is the host country, they did not participate in the qualification matches but played friendly matches instead. Following a disappointing November with losses to Turkey (2:3) and Austria (0:2) in friendlies, Germany rebounded impressively in March, clinching solid wins against France (2:0) and the Netherlands (2:1). However, their June preparations for the Euros were mixed, as they struggled to beat Ukraine at home (0:0) and narrowly edged Greece (2:1) with a late goal from Pascal Groß.

Switzerland form guide: D-W-W-D-W-D

Germany form guide: W-W-D-W-W-W

Switzerland vs Germany Head-To-Head Record:

  • March 26, 2008: Switzerland 0 – 4 Germany (International Friendlies);
  • May 26, 2012: Switzerland 5 – 3 Germany (International Friendlies);
  • September 6, 2020: Switzerland 1 – 1 Germany (UEFA Nations League);
  • October 13, 2020: Germany 3 – 3 Switzerland (UEFA Nations League).

Switzerland vs Germany Predicted XI:

Switzerland’s possible starting lineup (3-4-1-2): Sommer; Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez; Widmer, Xhaka, Freuler, Aebischer; Ndoye, Vargas; Embolo.

Germany’s possible starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Kimmich, Tah, Rudiger, Mittelstadt; Andrich, Kroos; Musiala, Gundogan, Wirtz; Havertz.

Statistical preview of the match Switzerland vs Germany:

  • The German national team holds 16th place in the FIFA ranking of national squads, while the Swiss collective is ranked 19th.
  • Switzerland’s First XI average age is 30.4 years, and Germany’s First XI average age is 29.7 years.
  • Daniele Orsato has been appointed as the centre referee. The match official has already served 24 games this season, showing an average of 4.5 yellow cards and also whistles 22.75 fouls per game. 
  • Germany have not lost in 10 of their last 12 matches against this opponent.
  • Switzerland have not lost in their last 6 matches.
  • In the last 5 games, Switzerland scored an average of 2.00 goals per game and conceded an average of 0.60 goals per game.
  • In the last 5 games, Germany conceded an average of 0.60 goals per game and scored an average of 2.20 goals per game.
  • The German national team has been unbeaten for six games, winning five and drawing one.
  • Switzerland scored three of their four goals in the first half.
  • The Germans have scored first in both previous Euro 2024 matches, doing so within the opening 30 minutes.

What has been said before the match:

Toni Kroos, reflecting on Germany’s recent matches and their progression in the tournament, highlighted the importance of momentum and consistency:

“It’s always important to build on the first win. We’ve very rarely won the first two games of a tournament. It was clear that the game with Hungary was a more difficult game than the one against Scotland. We overcame a few tough moments and ultimately secured a convincing win. It’s obviously great to see that the national team is still capable of getting the whole country excited.”

“Finishing first in the group would be a real statement and it’s important we keep up our good run. There’s no reason not to give 100% still – that’s something that has killed us in other tournaments. We now need to recover and go again on Monday. We shouldn’t start to rest on our laurels. There is no reason for any less pressure because our aim is to go a lot further than just the round of 16.”

Julian Nagelsmann expressed genuine satisfaction with the team’s recent performance, highlighting the collective effort and resilience displayed during a hard-fought match:

“I’m satisfied overall. That was the kind of game that you have to work hard to win. The team and everyone in the stadium expected three points and we got them. Everybody gave their all tonight and that’s a really, really good sign. I think we controlled the game nicely in the second half. We carved them open nicely for our second goal, it was a lovely move. Some of the lads wanted to get a third goal at the end, some others just wanted to keep the ball – it was a bit wild. Overall though, we can be happy.”

Switzerland vs Germany Prediction:

Germany has already secured their passage to the 1/8 finals of Euro 2024, while the Swiss team’s chances of failing to qualify for the playoffs are extremely slim, therefore it may suggest that there is no global tournament motivation for these teams. We are likely to see a squad rotation from Julius Nagelsmann – a scenario that the Crusaders will want to take advantage of, as they will come into the match in their best possible line-up. However, it’s doubtful we’ll see dominance from Granit Xhaka and company, as they failed to crush modest Scotland recently, and the difference in class of players is even greater now which is not in favour of the visitors. However, the Swiss still might score a goal, a sturdy and well-organised side rarely leaves the pitch without a goal, and in the last 5 matches they have scored 2 goals on average. The team is not concerned about the status of the opponent, they will come to Deutsche Bank Park Stadium to put their best foot forward to reach the playoffs from the first place. 

Julian Nagelsmann’s charges have been very impressive and consistent in 2024, winning five out of six games with one draw. Even the Bundestim second squad will probably be able to beat Murat Yakin’s side, as Sane, Can, and Muller are eager to prove their mettle and stake a claim for a place in the starting line-up. Germany is not considering losing the first position and therefore an easier tournament path, as in case of defeat there is a prospect of facing anyone from the Group B in 1/8 finals. This quartet includes quite strong teams: Spain, Italy and Croatia with Albania. The Germans are looking to avoid that situation and will be motivated to go forward by the home stands that have been waiting for this European Championship for a long time. The spirit of the players will be high and the atmosphere will be top-notch.

The matches of each side are rarely short on goal-scoring action: the Black and Whites have scored 11 goals in their last 5 matches, while the Reds have recorded 10 goals in the same stretch. And in recent years, confrontations between Switzerland and Germany have also proved to be goals-rich. In five previous head-to-head meetings, the opponents have scored 24 goals (4.80 per game on average). This trend is likely to be repeated in this clash, the teams are expected to exchange goals, while there may need to be more than Switzerland’s efforts to overpower the Germans, who are set to be closer to victory. 

Parimatch News staff prediction:We say: Germany will not lose and both teams will score – Yes.